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Covid-19 cases rise to 5,194 with 149 deaths in India

181 Covid-19 positive cases including 5 deaths in Karnataka

Prime News, National, Karnataka, New Delhi/Bengaluru, April 8:- As of Wednesday (April 8), the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have confirmed a total of 5,194 cases, 402 recoveries (including 1 migration) and 149 deaths in the country.

With the detection of 6 new cases in Karnataka the tally of Covid-19 infected patients has risen to 181. A 65-year old man has breathed his last on Wednesday bringing the total number of deaths in Karnataka to 5.

On Wednesday, Uttra Kannada recorded 1 case, Kalaburagi 2, Mandya 1, Chikkaballapur 1 and Bengaluru 1.

Experts suggest the number of infections could be much higher as India’s testing rates are among the lowest in the world. The infection rate of COVID-19 in India is reported to be 1.7, significantly lower than in the worst affected countries.

On 22 March, India observed a 14-hour voluntary public curfew at the instance of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The government followed it up with lockdowns in 75 districts where COVID cases had occurred as well as all major cities. Further, on 24 March, the prime minister ordered a nationwide lockdown for 21 days, affecting the entire 1.3 billion population of India.

According to Ministry of Health updates, the highest number of confirmed cases are from Maharashtra at 1018, followed by Tamil Nadu at 690 and Delhi with 576 cases. Kerala reported 336 COVID-19 cases, Telangana 364, Uttar Pradesh 326 and Rajasthan 328 cases. Andhra Pradesh reported 305 coronavirus cases.

Novel coronavirus cases have risen to 229 in Madhya Pradesh, with 6 new cases reported on Wednesday the tally rose to 181 in Karnataka and 165 in Gujarat. Jammu and Kashmir has 116 cases, West Bengal has 99, Haryana 147 and Punjab 91 cases of the infection.

38 people were infected with the virus in Bihar while Uttarakhand has 31 patients and Assam 27. Odisha reported 42 coronavirus cases, Chandigarh 18, Ladakh 14 and Himachal Pradesh 18 cases.

Ten cases each have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Chhattisgarh. Goa has reported nine COVID-19 infections, followed by Puducherry with five cases. Jharkhand has reported four cases and Manipur two. Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh have reported one case of the infection each.

“State-wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation,” the ministry said on its website. (NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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